A tilting Venezuelan oil tanker, named FSO Nabarima, is leading to growing concerns of a potential oil spill disaster that threatens one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.
The oil tanker has been parked for almost two years in the Gulf of Paria, between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, carrying 1.3 million barrels of oil, if the oil spills, it would threaten the entire Southern Carribean ecosystem.
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The spill would be 5x worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1998. BP Deepwater Horizon incident replaced Exxon Valdez incident and became the worst in history in 2010.
The oil tanker has been stranded in the gulf since January 2019. Officials have been critized for allowing the situation to worsen for 3 months without taking sufficient action.
Environmental group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, which represents 50,000 fishermen in the local industry, pleaded with the Caribbean community to work together to protect the region and people from a possible disaster.
Video showing the tilting oil tanker